Gallery: Ask a Bartender: What's the Best Cocktail Name You've Ever Come Up With?

Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs
"At The Ryland Inn we feature a line of drinks named after the characters in the movie Reservoir Dogs. We've featured Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) with great success (an absinthe daiquiri of sorts) and are now on to Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino), a riff on the Brown Derby cocktail from the 1930's. Once complete they will become part of 'the Reservoir List,' a spoof on a restaurant's 'Reserve' wine list." — Chris James (The Ryland Inn)
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
"I have a drink I called 'Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman'—a high octane, medicinal cocktail that had a great elegance to it... nobody else liked it, so it's now 'The Seymour.'" — Vincent Stipo (Vernick Food & Drink)
Maria Bamboozle
Maria Bamboozle
"Maria Bamboozle: Garbage tequila dropped into Mexican beer. Named for a regular from a dive I worked at. One day she plopped on a stool and said, "Megan I wanna get bamboozled. I have 15 minutes." Poor woman had a bad day. So I gave her a shot of tequila (her preference was the garbage) and told her to drop it into her favorite beer. She did three in 15 minutes and was out the door. She would come back for Maria Bamboozles because (well, aside from the fact that bamboozle is a funny word) our silly little joke made her feel better that day." — Megan Knox (Bluestem)
"The Clark Kent" and "The After School Special"
"Some of my best names for libations are inspired by my family. The 'Clark Kent' is a combination of my middle name (Clark) and my dads middle name (Kent). Also, the 'After School Special' is named in honor of my mother-in-law. She is a librarian and we use house-made ginger syrup; her name is Ginger." —Nate Howell (Cusp Dining & Drink)
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
"I wanted to name a drink "Groundhog Day" but I figured it would take years and years to perfect." — Michael Lazar (Hog & Rocks)
Espress Yourself
Espress Yourself
"I recently came up with an espresso cocktail and named it 'Espress Yourself.'" —Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Presbyterian's Revenge
Presbyterian's Revenge
"People always laugh when I mention the 'Presbyterian's Revenge,' which involves both Scotch and Cynar." — John McCarthy (Mulberry Project, Vinatta Project)
The Last Gasp
The Last Gasp
"The Last Gasp, a play on the Last Word, but with booze. A bar I worked at had in the waiting weeks before it lost its lease. " — Cory Fitzsimmons (Angolo SoHo)
Volleyball Scene in Top Gun
Volleyball Scene in Top Gun
"When I first opened Mulberry Project I named the best whiskey drink on the menu 'Volleyball Scene in Top Gun.' So I had a bunch of guys coming up and saying Hey man can I get another volleyball scene in Top Gun. A close second is a drink I onced named 'Paper Plate' once." — Jeremy Strawn (Black Hound Bar & Lounge)
The Lover's Daiquiri
The Lover's Daiquiri
"The Lover's Daiquiri, as it is a directly translates to L' Amants Daiquiri—it alludes to the wonderful movie The Lover, and matches the sensuality of the West Village." — Thibault de Lepinay (LAmant)
Too Offensive For the Internet
Too Offensive For the Internet
"All of my favorite drink names are offensive." — Sarah Mengoni (South Water Kitchen)
Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
"A high-quality dark sipping rum over ice with a splash of blood-orange bitters. It's very dark and cool. I call it a 'Steve McQueen.'" — Chad Musick (The Green Room)
Botany Bay
Botany Bay
"'Botany Bay,' it's a drink made with Square One Botanical and there wasn't anyone at the bar who got the reference. Apparently, no one has ever seen 'The Wrath of Khan.'" — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)
So Many Favorites to Choose From...
So Many Favorites to Choose From...
"Hard to pick one best. Ive several that Im proud of. Speaking in Tongues, War of the Roses, Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach (which is a Clint Eastwood with tequila instead of rye, get it?)" —Mike Ryan (Sable)
I Rarely Give Them Names
I Rarely Give Them Names
"I rarely give them names; when I do, they tend to be named after the guests that I make them for, or else I name them things that wouldn't be repeatable here. Or a combination of both." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
The New Fauxhemians
The New Fauxhemians
"The New Fauxhemians: High Life and shot of Fernet Branca. No judgment, I'm as guilty as anyone else." — Dan Bronson (The Strand Smokehouse) & (Cresent & Vine)